There are many benefits using oat milk in place of the endless list of other milks that are currently on our supermarket shelves.
You can get rice, almond, hemp, pea, coconut, cashew, peanut, macadamia, flax and many more other types of plant based milks to use in almost any way you want (including adding a dollop or two into your frozen smoothies).
All of these non-dairy alternatives have their own benefits, features and oat milk certainly has its place amongst these other plant milks.
It’s not only the fact that oat milk is dairy free and lactose free, it still has many other benefits in regards to people with allergies and/or dietary restrictions as you will read below.
It may seem that these milk alternatives have just popped up overnight, but there is a bit of history behind plant based milks, including oat milk.
Here is a little bit of history for you now.
Some plant based milks were used/written about as far back as the 8th and 13th centuries with some of the main reasons for use being the lack of cows and also the many health benefits that come from the milks.
Non-dairy milks have been used throughout the ages for many different reasons, but they have only recently been accepted by the masses and started to be used consistently, hence their infiltration into supermarkets and health food shops.
Fast forward through to today and you’ll find plant based milk products are some of the fastest growing food development products in the world.
Look a bit deeper and you’ll find that oat milk is starting to become real stand-oat amongst its peers.
Is oat milk good for you?
Other than being a great alternate source for dairy milk, there are a few other potential benefits for swapping over or using oat milk (or plant based milks in general).
Some of the reasons to swap over to oat milk may include milk allergies, lactose intolerances, diet (vegan and more) and also the risk that there may be some potential contaminants in milk products too.
As you will read below, the benefits and features of oat milk are numerous and very similar to the benefits of having oats by themselves.
- High in fibre
- Good source of soluble fibre
- Neutral flavour
- Lactose free
- Natural immune booster
- Helps with lowering cholesterol
- Good source of calcium
- Non-diary plant based milk
- Generally, less sodium than other non-dairy milks
- Quality protein
- Great amino acid balance
- Increases your feeling of fullness
- Helps with blood sugar levels
- Assists the growth of good bacteria for gut health
High in fibre
Oats have a naturally high fibre content and ironically enough, so does oat milk.
Oat milk has a type of soluble fibre called Beta-glucan which in part dissolves and forms a gel like substance in your stomach that can give you the feeling of fullness as well as these other potential benefits below.
So overall, having great sources of dietary fibre is important for your digestive health, helping keep you regular and much, much more.
Helps with lowering cholesterol
Oats (and oat milk indirectly) is well known for its many benefits for helping you keep your cholesterol levels in a good place and this is partially because of the soluble fibre present (as you have just read above).
There have been a few studies published that have found by using oat milk for a period of time can have a positive outcome on your cholesterol levels.
One study compared using oat milk for the reduction of cholesterol against rice milk and another study showed oat milk to be effective in the reduction of cholesterol levels over a four week period when used by healthy people.
Now that isn’t too bad a rap for oat milk in the cholesterol lowering department!
Oat milk is a Non-dairy plant based milk
Lastly and one of the many great benefits of oat milk is that it’s non-dairy.
Now, as we have mentioned above, there are many alternatives to cow’s milk and oat milk is one of them.
Stripped back oat milk is made from oats and water and can be used in so many ways, from just plain old drinking it straight (give me a shot of oat milk please) right through to adding it to recipes (in our case Super Cubes frozen smoothies) and more.
So, whether you are just trying to lessen your dairy intake (dairy free diet) or trying to avoid animal products, oat milk is great substitute or alternative for you.
Oat milk nutrition
Oat milk nutrition can vary from brand to brand and manufacturer to manufacturer, so make sure to read the label before you purchase to just see that it’s what you want, you need and you can use.
Also checking that there isn’t any extra sugar snuck in the formula for good measure is usually a good place to start as well if you’re buying a carton of oat milk.
The values below are the average for 100ml of oat milk liquid for you.
Why use oat milk?
We choose many of the ingredients in our frozen smoothie cubes because of their nutritional value (and for you of course) and this isn’t any different for oat milk either.
It has a strong fibre base and also many other benefits and features that sit nicely alongside our other ingredient choices.
Another main consideration for us choosing oat milk (and you should consider this too if you choose to use oat milk) was its flavour, or lack of flavour.
It has a very subtle flavour with a hint of natural sweetness about it, this gave us the ability to add its nutritional goodness to our formulas easily, without having an impact on the natural flavourings we wanted to give you.
We use oat milk in a few of our Super Cubes formulas.
So while you’re here, why not check them out and get a few smoothie packs home delivered so they’re in your freezer ready for when you need them.
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